Myrtle Clover is in her 80s and a retired school teacher. She doesn’t have enough intellectual stimulation in the small North Carolina town she lives in. Her son Red is the Sheriff and lives across the street, so he always has eyes on her. And she has insomnia!
Myrtle is sick of the trash her book club is reading and wants to suggest they read the classics. But the group decides to convert the book club into a supper club instead. They decide on a progressive dinner party, and everyone praises Myrtle for her great idea.
Jill Caulfield, the local drunk’s wife is burning the candle at three ends. She is very efficient at her job. But everyone seems to hate her for some reason. She offers to make some barbecue for the party. That comes as a surprise considering she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together. Her sister is a vegan and herbalist and is outraged that people expect Jill to spend so much knowing her dire straits.
The party begins with a mishap at the drinks stage. Then it moves to a house where the host is missing. And then the main course where Jill is found dead in her kitchen. Who done her in?
Myrtle is on the lookout for the killer, of course. She is also going to write a blog for her local paper. Like any good mystery, it seems that everyone has a motive and many have the opportunity. It all becomes serious when there are attempts on Myrtle’s life.
Progressive Dinner Deadly is a cozy mystery but there is a lot of gory stuff in it. perhaps the most cold blooded thing in the whole story is that people turn up at Jill’s house to take away the barbecue. How can someone eat barbecue from a kitchen where a corpse was found? Couldn’t it at least have been greens?
Oh well, I guess you have an idea of the fun you are in for with Progressive Dinner Deadly.